Most of us know that semen—the ejaculate spurted by men during sexual encounters—is made up of a cocktail of ingredients that unite a cell and an egg. Sometimes it’s swallowed or spit out. Other times it just ends up in a tissue. But did you know that the texture and consistency of your spunk—whether it’s clumpy or watery—can actually tell you a lot about your health? Whether it comes out like a faucet or has a little bit of chew to it, knowing the difference between healthy semen and its other variations can calm worries, give you insight into your overall health and let you know when it’s time to seek medical attention.

As it turns out, sperm aren’t the determined “swimmers” we all think they are. Without the fluid of semen, sperm would just swim in circles until oblivion. Semen is the actual mode of transportation that takes the sperm to the egg. Semen is made up of water, sugar, protein, vitamin C, zinc and prostaglandins. The taste of your semen, for the most part, largely depends on your diet, medication use, how often you consume alcoholic